Background Formation

Background Formation

 

I write here some, of what I think,  are the most relevant aspects of my formation.

I studied Architecture at the Mediterranean University of Architecture, Faculty of History and Conservation of the Architectural and Environmental Assets,  Reggio Calabria, Southern Italy.

 

The subjects I studied:

History of Architecture, Building materials, Geology, Chemistry for Restoration, historic building techniques, archive research, Building survey, Archaeology of Magna Grecia, Archaeological Dig and Survey techniques, Restoration Work Site management, Art History, Restoration and Conservation History and also Physics, to name the most important.

In my opinion, all crucial for the beginning of the building conservation understanding.

Also very important for me has been the contact with the territory. The very dense and intricate morphology of the Calabrian mountains allowed me to walk from the city, at sea level, climbing up towards the almost self folding mountains at 2000m above see level, walking inside the river meanders, applying and acquiring knowledge and experience about land slides, water courses behaviour, use and protection from them, locating and studying historic sand, clay and limestone quarries.

Also locating, surveying and drawing Lime kilns, studying the lime making process and understanding the role of plants on the mountain flanks, distinguishing the historic native trees from the newer well integrated plants.

Surveying Medieval Castles on the hills and the ancient Greek sites situated on the coast.

Gathering information and material samples on the mountain sites and returning to the city along the coast (a quite different environment) and analysing the samples at the University lab.

Spending time visiting and surveying villages, Baroque, Medieval or Renaissance Churches and houses and also spending time conversing with the locals, understanding their life and history and coincidently in turn eventually gaining priceless information about the architecture to conserve or restore.

Very important to me, before approaching a natural or a built environment, is the time to remember and applying the acquired knowledge yet also to pay respect to the elements we use as a basis for constructing our lives and to conserve it.

To some extent at least.